The conspiracy between the FBI and unreliable informants to prosecute the War on Terrorism
By Nate Thayer
August 7, 2017
Lake City, Florida
When Ken Parker, a leader of the extreme right wing National Socialist Movement, walked into a barbershop in Jacksonville, Florida on June 23 for his regular haircut, his barber said, “The FBI was just in here looking for you.” Parker, a former Florida Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, pulled out his cell phone and showed the barber a police mug shot. “Is this the guy?” he asked. “That’s him!” the barber said. “He isn’t an FBI agent,” Parker told them. “He is a bat shit crazy FBI informant.”
Days earlier, FBI confidential informant Joseph Veryl Moore was getting his haircut when Parker walked by on his way to the tobacco store next door. Moore told the barbers he was a special agent of the FBI, showed them a picture of Parker dressed in Klan robes, and asked, “Do you know him?” Moore said he was fleeing Jacksonville into hiding because Klan members he put in jail “are looking for me.”
Moore was a regular customer of the barber shop because it was near his FBI safe house–apartment # 422 at the luxury Canopy at Belfort Park 7750 Belfort Parkway in Jacksonville, Florida–where Moore, his wife, and two minor children were whisked from their home in nearby Alachua County Florida in March 2015 and placed under FBI protective custody because of alleged death threats.
Joseph Moore is the star government witness testifying at a “domestic terrorism” trial that began today in Columbia County, Florida of KKK members charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and jailed for the last 28 months based on information Moore provided to the FBI.
The case of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and their long paid undercover informant Moore threatens to make the trial as much an indictment of how the FBI carries out the War on Terror using the vast secret police powers afforded them since the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and eclipse that of the defendants charged with murder conspiracy.
Several thousand pages of classified internal FBI documents, and court sealed depositions of FBI agents, their informant Joseph Moore, and others suggest the “domestic terrorism” charges may have been knowingly concocted by the informant and the FBI, with involvement of and written approval by at least 51 FBI agents, including senior FBI officials at Washington headquarters.
The FBI knew Joseph Veryl Moore was diagnosed 15 years ago with schizophrenia and other severe, incurable mental illnesses, according to classified FBI documents, psychiatric hospital records, and confidential court sealed testimony by FBI agents, and Joe Moore, but the FBI contracted him as a paid informant in 2007 anyway.
While a paid FBI informant, Moore has claimed to have committed, been solicited to commit, been the target of, intervened to stop, or been informed of at least 18 separate murders plots.
Seventeen of these alleged murder schemes have been shown to be the fantasies of the delusional mind of Moore.
The 18th murder plot is the FBI “domestic terrorism” trial which started Monday with Moore as the main witness for what the FBI says was a murder conspiracy by the Ku Klux Klan to assassinate a black man.
Federal law enforcement officials and other sources knowledgeable about the case say evidence suggests a systemic culture within the bureau that allows malfeasance, incompetence, corruption, violations of FBI internal guidelines, and federal law by FBI agents, their supervisors, and FBI departments including at Washington FBI headquarters. The collateral damage within the FBI from the murder conspiracy trial could be substantial, they say.
The evidence suggests that there may have been no murder plot or conspiracy except that concocted by the FBI and informant Joseph Moore.
WHO IS JOSEPH MOORE?
In recent years, Moore has also claimed to have single-handedly wrestled a shark stalking swimmers off a Florida beach, fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden, is an elite U.S. army Special Forces trained sniper, was dispatched on secret U.S. government missions abroad to assassinate America’s enemies, killed a man in China, personally arrested a pedophile attempting to abduct a child, worked as a secret government undercover drug agent in “the Pacific region,” was wounded in combat in Afghanistan, and been awarded the silver star, the bronze star, and a purple heart for heroism in combat.
None of these claims are true, either.
Joseph Moore never was deployed abroad or served in a combat zone, never served in the US army special forces or was a sniper, and was never awarded medals for combat heroism, according to his official U.S. military DD-214 military records. He was forced out of the army in 2001 after going AWOL and found sleeping in his car by his mother during a mental health crisis while serving as a recruiter at a storefront army recruitment center in a strip mall outside of Los Angeles, never having left the United States.
Joseph Moore and the FBI have had a long and documented dubious relationship since he was first recruited by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force as a paid “Confidential Human Source” in the fall of 2007.
Moore was declared 100% disabled by the Veterans Administration within months because of mental health issues.
Concealed Carry Firearms License
In 2008, the FBI facilitated Moore illegally obtaining a Florida concealed carry weapons permit.
A December 6, 2007 document from FBI SA Armstrong to the Jacksonville FBI JTTF CHSC, referring to Moore’s 2002 illegal weapons arrest and court ordered incarceration into a maximum-security psychiatric hospital, reads “it was noted that although there was a place on the form for the Judge to order the source to forfeit all his weapons, the block was unchecked. The source was advised (by the FBI) that he was never told that it would be illegal for him to possess a firearm as a result of his arrest.” Because the original felony charges of “possession of a prohibited weapon” was plead down in lieu of his psychiatric hospital stay, “he was not then, nor has he ever been convicted of a felony that would prohibit him from possessing firearms,” reads the FBI report. Along with Moore’s DD 214 military service record, Ancora Psychiatric Hospital discharge papers, and “documents re: New Jersey Arrest”, Armstrong’s letter was then placed in Moore’s FBI file kept on all confidential informants. “The documents (are) being forwarded to the source’s main file in the enclosed 1-A envelope,” reads the document.
Armstrong failed to note that in the same documents his doctors wrote “He admitted to depression and suicide for at least the past year. His suicidal ideations included the potential plan of obtaining a gun and shooting himself in the head.”
Within weeks, the FBI gave Moore $700 in cash and dispatched him to purchase a legal firearm from a person targeted in a FBI “domestic terrorism” investigation.
In 2008, the FBI advised Moore to obtain a Florida state Concealed Carry Weapons permit, and the FBI knew that it was illegal for Moore to obtain such a license, and that Moore would have to lie to the State of Florida about his medical conditions and history in order to obtain one—a felony crime in Florida.
Florida and federal law prohibits anyone involuntarily committed for mental health reasons from obtaining a CCW.
On February 5, 2009, Moore was issued Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearms license #W2906318
“Did your handler at the time instruct you to get a Florida concealed weapons permit? Moore was asked in a court sealed deposition in the summer of 2016. “They looked into my record and had conversations with me and said that I was eligible,” he said, adding, “I was working for the FBI prior to applying for the concealed weapons permit.”
Q: In 2009, at the time you applied for your concealed weapons permit, you were being treated for PTSD?
Q: You were being treated for mental health disorders as well?
Within weeks after Joe Moore was issued a Florida CCW while a paid informant for the FBI, Moore was granted 100% “service related disability” for PTSD by the U.S. Veterans Administration, according to Moore’s family, the FBI, the U.S Attorney Office in Florida, the Florida State Prosecutors Office, and Moore himself. Joseph Moore receives $4300 per month from the Veterans Administration, according to sealed testimony from Moore himself.
When asked in a 2016 court sealed deposition “did you notify the State of Florida, while you had a concealed weapons permit, that you were receiving mental health treatment?” Moore answered, “I did not.”
In another court sealed deposition, Moore’s then case agent FBI special agent Joseph Armstrong was asked “Were you ever informed that Mr. Moore had a concealed weapons permit?” and answered “I believe so, yes, sir.”
Q: Are you familiar if he disclosed to the state of Florida that he did have mental health issues?
A: I can’t recall.
Q: All right. Did you ever assist him in completing an application for that concealed weapons permit by any chance?
A: I don’t recall having any involvement with him getting his permit.
Armstrong then denied that the FBI would approve Moore carry firearms on operational undercover missions for the FBI. “We would never have anybody carry a firearm with them to a meet unless it was more than justified,” he said in under oath court deposition.
Q: Okay. So at any time during your case did you ever instruct him to carry a firearm when he went to meet with the subject that you were directing him to speak to?
A: I never directed him to carry a firearm
But in interviews, Joseph Moore and his father-in-law, Rusty Seaton, describe in detail how the FBI designed secret listening devices to be attached to Moore’s Glock 40 mm sidearm he was allowed to carry because of his CCW. “I saw it with my own eyes,” said Rusty Seaton. “Joe showed me the recording device attached to his Glock and said the FBI had given it to him.”
During another mental health crisis in 2010, Moore was “terminated for cause” as a paid confidential informant by the FBI after he placed FBI supplied secret recording devices in his infant son’s diaper bag while Moore’s in-laws were baby-sitting the one year-old, and then filed false a criminal complaint against his mother-in-law for “lewd and lascivious sexual assault” against her then one-year old grandson, listing his employer as the Department of Justice. Moore gave the local sheriff his FBI case agent’s contacts to confirm his story. Investigations by three Florida law enforcement agencies quickly determined the allegations the work of a “delusional” man, and declined to file charges, according to official police documents. The FBI investigation determined Moore was “mentally unstable”, advised other agents prepared to go to trial using Moore as a witness not to do so, and “terminated” him as a paid informant, according to classified FBI documents obtained in this investigation.
“The source who provided me information concerning communications he had with (redacted)…is going to be terminated. I just found out today the source has been bragging to people over the last several years about working for the FBI and has furnished them details about things he has done for us,” wrote Joseph Moore’s then case agent, FBI special agent Joseph C. Armstrong, who headed the FBI satellite office in Gainesville, Florida in January 2010. “This source may not be mentally stable. You, therefore, probably do not want to consider him a witness in your case.”
“He put a secret recording device in my grand baby’s diaper bag. Then he called the Sheriff to say my wife was molesting the baby,” said Rusty Seaton, Joe Moore’s father-in-law. “He told the Alachua Police Department, ‘I am Special Agent Joseph Moore with the FBI’. He has told us many times he works for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.”
Records obtained from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the Alachua Police Department, and the Florida Child and Family Protection Agency confirm Seaton’s account.
According to FBI guidelines, “that is one of the number one no-no’s; confidential informants have to sign an agreement saying ‘I acknowledge I am not an employee of the Department of Justice or the FBI,’” said retired FBI special agent David Gomez, once in charge of the bureau’s counter-intelligence unit at the Portland, Oregon field office.
It was not the first time Moore told law enforcement he saw and heard things that were not true. And when Joseph Moore told his barber in June he was a special agent for the FBI, it was not the first time Joe Moore had impersonated a law enforcement officer. There are numerous accounts of him doing both going back at least 15 years.
Moore has been committed to numerous locked mental health facilities in recent years while working as a paid informant for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Joseph Moore was diagnosed with schizoaffective and bipolar disorders in 2002—five years prior to being contracted by the FBI JTTF –according to 2003 New Jersey psychiatric hospital medical records. Moore was arrested in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving day 2002 wearing a military grade bullet proof flak jacket and with a plethora of illegal weapons and James Bond spy toys, a passport, and a paid one way ticket to the middle east where he said he had been deployed on a secret U.S. government mission to “assassinate Osama bin Laden,” according to law enforcement documents. A judge ordered Moore immediately incarcerated into a maximum-security state psychiatric hospital, where he was diagnosed, according to New Jersey Ancora State Hospital documents.
The FBI possessed these—and other—records before Moore was first approved and contracted to be a FBI informant in 2007, according to classified FBI reports dated December 2007 and January 2010.
Primary symptoms of schizoaffective disorder—defined as schizophrenia combined with other mental illnesses’—are “delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and behavior, and other symptoms that cause social or occupational dysfunction”, or hearing things that are not being said, seeing things that are not there, and believing events happened that never did, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
The FBI Hires Moore Again
But shortly after Moore was fired in 2010 by the FBI for being “mentally unstable” and disqualified as a credible witness, he was “reactivated” as a paid informant by the same FBI Jacksonville field office to build more cases against other “domestic terrorists.”
In 2015 court criminal affidavits and 2016 under oath court sealed depositions, FBI JTTF agents testified that Moore’s information is now “truthful and reliable.”
Now, the FBI describes Moore as a “FBI Confidential Source whose motivation for cooperation with the FBI is patriotism” whose “information is believed to be truthful and reliable,” and who “has no felony convictions and no convictions for crimes involving dishonesty,” according to classified FBI documents and court affidavits pursuing “domestic terrorism” charges based on Moore’s information.
But none of those descriptions of Moore by the FBI are true, either.
In March and April 2015 FBI criminal affidavits submitted to Florida state and federal courts and signed by FBI Special Agent Lindsey Campbell, Moore’s official case agent, she claimed that the information had been “corroborated by other confidential informants.” But in 2016 court sealed depositions for the murder conspiracy “domestic terrorism” trial scheduled to begin August 7, Campbell admitted that her earlier statements were false. “There are no specific sources utilized in this investigation other than the source that we are talking about,” she admitted.
Campbell added that the FBI had paid Moore tens of thousands of dollars for his information, claimed she had never vetted Moore to determine his credibility, that she knew none of his personal or psychiatric history when she ‘reactivated’ him as her confidential informant in 2013, and that she had never reviewed his official U.S. government military records.
In a January 16, 2016 court sealed deposition, Campbell appeared to try to shift responsibility to her FBI JTTF co-case agent, Richard Vaughn.
“He was the one who came to me about approaching the source to reactivate with us,” said Campbell.
Q: When did you first become acquainted with the source?
A: In April of 2013 through my co-case agent on this matter, Richard Vaughn. The source had been a confidential human source for the Bureau previously in Gainesville. So when Mr. Vaughn saw him he came back and approached me and said, ‘Hey, you know, this guy is pretty good, he has done some reporting for the FBI before. Is it somebody you might be interested in approaching to be a source again?’”
Q: What information, if any, did Agent Vaughn give you regarding the source’s mental instabilities?
A: He did not say anything about that.
Q: So when you began working with this source you were not aware of his psychiatric background?
A: Not until the source said something to us.
Q: Right. So basically you just took him at –the source at his word as to what he told you about his mental health history, right?
A: I guess you could say that…I wasn’t concerned about the information that he provided us.
“That is just bunk,” said retired FBI Special Agent Daniel Vogel, who worked terrorism cases running confidential informants while stationed in Los Angeles and Oklahoma during a twenty-year career. “Of course you look at their past records. You do your due diligence as a case officer handling your CI. It is your job to know. There is no way they did not look at his files as a former FBI CI. But more importantly, it is the special agents supervisor, the assistant special agent in charge of the field office, and the special agent in charge who have to sign off on hiring CI’s.”
“It is extreme negligence for a FBI special agent not to know what is an a CI’s file. But he or she also has a supervisor who is directly responsible for ensuring the CI is properly vetted. In addition, every FBI field office has a CHS (Confidential Human Source) Coordinator whose entire job it is to ensure FBI guidelines on using a CI are adhered to,” former FBI agent Michael German now with New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice said in one phone interview. “And if this CI was previously thrown out of the program, terminated for cause, there is a much higher level of FBI scrutiny that requires approval from Washington FBI headquarters. This represents a total breakdown of the FBI management system of confidential informants.”
If Campbell had vetted Moore—and she is required to by strict FBI internal guidelines—she would know her informant is a fraud–a disturbed con man who has lived a ‘Walter Mitty’ false persona and left a trail of deception, tall tales, and false information to deceive law enforcement agencies, his family, and associates throughout his life.
“If what you say is true, this represents a massive breakdown,” said the former FBI agent David Gomez. “The Informant Unit at FBI headquarters is supposed to prevent these sort of rehires. That the CHS was rehired demonstrates an institutional breakdown and failure of the vetting system for informants.”
Campbell would also have known Moore suffered from mental illness causing delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, and other symptoms that undermine his credibility as a source of information; that he had been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest in Florida; felony charges of possession of illegal weapons in New Jersey; “forcible entry” and passing bad checks in California; that he had had court-restraining orders issued against him by family members; and that he had been both involuntarily and voluntarily committed to locked psychiatric facilities numerous times, including while working as a paid undercover informant for Campbell while she was building criminal cases against American citizens, some of whom have since been arrested and are jailed on charges of being “domestic terrorists”.
In an October 22, 2013 FBI “CHS Reporting Document”—a classified FBI document written by Moore’s current FBI JTTF case agents, FBI Special Agent Lindsey Campbell and Joint Terrorism Task Force officer and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security special agent Richard Vaughn, wrote “CHS advised the KKK wants the CHS in the knight hawk (chief of security) position because the CHS has a concealed weapons permit, has prior combat experience, has a clean background, and is physically fit to carry out tasks for the TKKKK.” FBI ‘Supervisory Agent’ Christopher Graham approved the document within 24 hours.
But Moore does not have ‘combat experience’, a ‘clean background’, or is ‘physically fit’.
Shortly after being “terminated for cause” by the FBI and deemed a not credible witness in 2010, Moore was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon—the same Glock 40 mm pistol the FBI facilitated Moore to legally carry, and his CCW was suspended by the State of Florida.
The same month that the FBI reactivated Moore as a paid informant, in April 2013, Moore’s assault with a deadly weapons charges were dropped and the court records sealed and his CCW was reinstated. “When the charges against me were dropped, the prosecutor sent notice to the State that the condition of the charges were dropped.
Q: So what your testimony is that your license was just automatically reinstated for a concealed weapon?
A: The prosecutor notified the State that the charges were dropped and the State reinstated the license.
Under oath, court sealed depositions taken from Moore on three occasions in June, July, and August 2016 suggest it was the FBI JTTF themselves that suggested, encouraged, and facilitated Moore obtaining a Concealed Carry Firearms license in February 2009 while he was a paid informant by the FBI JTTF.
Before and since he was activated as a paid FBI informant in 2007, the FBI has known Moore has an uninterrupted track record of providing false information to them, other law enforcement, and federal and state prosecutors on dozens of occasions, in addition to weaving an extraordinary and complex web of lies to his family and associates, medical doctors, the Ku Klux Klan, and others.
The case of the FBI and their Confidential Human Source, Joseph Moore, is a study of how not to build a criminal case in the War on Terrorism, said several retired career FBI special agents.
They say there is a systemic breakdown within the FBI in supervision of the conduct of special agents and adherence to strict internal guidelines for handling confidential sources.
“What the FBI and this guy are doing is so far over the line it represents a systemic problem,” said Jeffrey A. Danik who retired in 2015 after 29 years from the FBI Miami field office. “I can see how this is confusing to you, but I am hear to tell you that after 38 years of dealing with agents and informants, 20% of FBI agents need to be fired or imprisoned and the vast majority of those in supervisory positions are incompetent.”
FBI Confidential Informants and ‘Protective Custody’.
In March 2015 FBI special agent Armstrong, Moore’s former case handler who had “terminated for cause” Moore 5 years prior for illegally using FBI recording equipment to file false charges of sexual abuse against his mother-in-law, arrived at Moore’s house in the middle of the night to take him into FBI “protective custody” and secure him at a FBI safe house where he has since been paid more than $100,000 while waiting to be the FBI’s chief witness in the domestic terrorism trial that started this week.
In the pre-dawn hours of March 17, 2015, the FBI whisked Joseph Moore and his family to the luxury Canopy at Belfort Park apartments in Jacksonville, Florida where the Moore’s have lived for more than two years. Since, Joseph Moore has been paid more than $100,00–at least $49, 720.02 of that delivered in cash payments by his FBI case officer, special agent Lindsey Campbell –to keep his identity secret as the chief prosecution witness in the upcoming domestic terrorism trial in a Columbia County Florida courtroom.
But many people have known Joe Moore was the FBI informant since the day the three Klan members were arrested on April 2, 2015.
And Moore himself is unhappy with the way he is being cloistered by the FBI in hiding.
Moore used one of the FBI supplied ‘burner phones’ to call this reporter from his FBI safe house several times while he has been living under FBI “protective custody.”
“I am now officially in ‘witsec’ (the federal Witness Protection Program) under the protection of the FBI,” Moore said, inaccurately. “We would like to get on with our lives. We had to give up our cars, our belongings, and our home. I thought I was doing my patriotic duty,” he said during one three-hour telephone interview he initiated. “I am not recording this. The FBI does not know I am calling you. I first heard of you when FBI told me you were asking questions and asked me whether I knew you. That is why I called you,” he added.
“I am not allowed to see a doctor. My son is not allowed to go to school. I have seen my son dying on a table. I need to have surgery, my wife needs to see a doctor, my son has to be in school,” Moore said. “I will take that over pissing off the FBI and US Marshalls any day.”
Moore’s now 9 year-old son, formerly Joseph Lee Jordan Moore now having been given a new legal name by the FBI, is a hemophiliac who has been forbidden from attending school by the FBI for more than two years, according to Moore and court sealed depositions. It is unclear whether the child has the medical supervision and care he did prior to going into FBI protective custody.
In a June 2016 under oath court deposition of Moore’s wife, she was asked about her son:
“Q: Now, how old is your oldest?
Q: How does he get to school?
A: No school.
A: Protective custody.
Q: So if your kid is in protective custody, they’re not letting him go to school?
Q: Your kid is not getting an education right now?
Q: Why would you let that happen? He’s eight.”
On January 22, 2017 a Duval County Florida judge ordered ‘family name change’ case #2016DR0066453FM “immediately sealed (as well as) all documents related to” the petition, which was granted to Moore on February 16, 2017.
Since then, Moore’s new legal name is Jenseon Reese Crosse and his wife, formerly Sharon (Shannon) Annette Moore, is now Zoe Eva Cross. Their two children, Jordan, 10, and Hailey, 3, now both also have new names.
Within weeks, there was a flurry of activity.
On March 7, the same social security number registered to Joe and Shannon Moore’s previous driver’s licenses were used to issue Jenseon Reese Crosse and Zoe Eva Crosse Florida driver’ licenses, a routine inquiry of Florida driver’s license public records shows.
The couple was not given new but rather replacement Florida licenses under their new names using their previous social security numbers, dates of birth, photographs, physical features, and the original drivers license issue and expiration dates for Joseph Veryl Moore and Sharon Annette Moore. They both listed the same address on their new drivers license–the FBI safe house on Belfort Parkway in Jacksonville, Florida.
On March 16, 2017, confidential FBI documents show that the FBI paid Joseph Moore, “confidential human source” code number 266N-JK-6110583, $4032 in cash payments for “meals and incidentals” and “two weeks of housing before permanent relocation.”
Four days later, on March 21, Jenseon and Zoe Eva Crosse purchased a 2015 Dodge Journey SUV Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 3C4PDCBG3FT734108, with an odometer reading 18,067 miles, under their new names—and listing the address of the FBI safe house in Jacksonville, according to the public Car Fax vehicle information search service and other public records sources.
On March 23, 2017, two days after the vehicle was bought, Moore’s FBI case agent, FBI special agent Lindsey Campbell, came to Moore’s safe house again, and gave him an additional $14, 206.25 in cash to obfuscate the origin of the payments for three months of advance payments for “meals and incidentals for permanent relocation” and “three months for housing for permanent relocation,” according to the FBI confidential informant payment ledger for Moore.
Earlier, on January 18, 2017, a new vehicle title was issued for one of Moore’s previous vehicles, a 2006 Mazda Series S blue hatchback with Florida license plate # 232 MKB. Six days later, state of Florida documents show the car was destroyed at a vehicle junkyard and crushed for salvage metal.
These details are important because they are supposed to be strictly secret because the FBI alleges Moore is the target of death threats. But they are not leaks of top-secret information—they were easily obtained using the Internet from open source public records.
By then, it was apparent the FBI was in the process of relocating Moore to another “safe location.”
“I have never heard of anything like this,” said Michael German, a career FBI agent who worked as an undercover informant infiltrating white supremacist groups before retiring and joining the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. “They may have a legitimate concern for his safety if he’s going to testify and identify himself as an informant, but I am not aware of any official program that works like this. If one is going into hiding, a name change by public record is not how it is done. It defeats the purpose.” German was speaking of FBI policy guidelines and is not familiar with or involved in this case.
In early April, Joseph Moore was captured by security cameras walking into the Jacksonville Social Security Administration (SSA) office and applying for new social security numbers for his family using the Florida driver’s license issued under his new identity. Moore was red flagged and SSA special agent Roger Coursey, a 20-year career federal law enforcement fraud investigator, was alerted. Coursey ran background checks on the names that Moore used to apply for the new identity which revealed the two had previous Florida licenses under their previous names and social security numbers and were receiving social security checks and other government assistance under their previous names.
Coursey also ran a criminal background check over the government National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database available only to law enforcement to ascertain whether Moore was involved in activity relevant to his investigation “for social security fraud.”
At the time, Coursey was unaware that Moore was a confidential informant for the FBI.
Whenever a law enforcement agent inquires over NCIC about a FBI confidential informant, it triggers a “white flag” silent alarm–a Query Alert Notification (QAN) at the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), a vast communications infrastructure located on a 1000-acre campus in rural West Virginia.
Every FBI case agent for a confidential informant “must notify the Criminal Justice Information Services Division to place a Query Alert Notification (QAN) previously known as a ‘stop notice’,” states the classified 2015 “FBI Confidential Human Source Policy Guide”, a 195 page manual of mandatory rules for all FBI special agents issued by the FBI Directorate of Intelligence. “CJIS will flag the CHS record using biographical and/or biometrics information. When a NCIC inquiry is made on the CHS, this QAN automatically triggers a notification to CJIS, and CJIS in turn will notify the FBI field office of the inquiry. The case agent has an obligation to ascertain the basis of the NCIC inquiry and take whatever action may be necessary to resolve it.”
But on Monday morning, April 24, 2017, before Moore’s FBI case agent Lindsey Campbell did that, Special agent Roger Coursey of the Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration in Jacksonville—still unaware Moore was a FBI informant—called Joseph Moore’s mother-in-law. He told Sharon Seaton he was looking for her daughter in connection to a criminal investigation of social security fraud involving Joseph Moore. Coursey explained that Joseph and Shannon Moore had obtained new identities, new Florida driver’s licenses, and tried to take out new social security numbers under new names in an “attempt to fraudulently obtain social security checks” —all using the address of the FBI safe house in Jacksonville.
Special Agent Coursey called the right (or wrong, depending on whom one talks to) person. He called Seaton because her telephone number came up in law enforcement databases as Joseph Moore’s mother-in-law. Seaton had not heard from her daughter or grandchildren in the nearly two years since the FBI whisked them into “FBI Protective Custody.”
Sharon Seaton is not happy with the FBI. And it was the first that Seaton had heard her daughter and grandchildren were living under new identities. “I told Mr. Coursey ‘I have no idea where my daughter or grandbabies are, but I know who does—the FBI in Jacksonville. Call them.’” And she gave him the name and number of Joe Moore’s case agent, FBI special agent Lindsey Campbell.
Sharon and her husband William ‘Rusty’ Seaton, who owns and operates the one man Rusty’s Towing Service in rural Alachua County, Florida, scheduled a meeting with Coursey for the following morning in Jacksonville to provide him with any information he needed to locate their daughter and grandbabies, who they have been desperately looking for since 2015. Shortly before the meeting Coursey called the Seaton’s and said the meeting was off. “The FBI ordered us to shut down our investigation,” said Coursey in an interview. “When the FBI tells you to shut down an investigation, you have to assume they have a good reason.”
“I just want to hug my daughter and grandbabies before I die but the FBI won’t let me,” Sharon Seaton said. Six months after her daughter was taken into protective custody, Shannon Moore’s grandmother died. “I know what my mother went through. She just wanted to see her granddaughter and grandbabies before she died, but the FBI refused to even let her bring the grandbabies to her funeral.” Sharon Seaton was recently diagnosed with cancer, and she was in tears, again. “I may not see my daughter again before I die,” she said. “But I know I will meet my daughter and grandbabies again in Heaven one day.”
In June, the FBI moved Moore and his family under their new identities to another FBI paid safe house–unit #K101 at 4094 South Federal Highway, near the airport in Boise, Idaho.
On June 20, Moore and his wife arrived in Boise, Idaho driving their newly purchased 2015 Dodge Journey under their new names Jenseon Reese Crosse and Zoe Eva Crosse. There, they re-titled and re-registered the vehicle, after repainting it from silver to gray, under their new identities, but still using their old social security numbers, according to Idaho state public records, open records data base searches, and the private Car Fax service that provides real-time history of vehicle information.
Under their new names, the couple also obtained new Idaho driver’s licenses, new telephone numbers, and rented an apartment, also using their previous social security numbers attached to their previous names—and listed their new their new FBI secured and paid for safe house address on South Federal Highway, Boise, Idaho.
Idaho Department of Motor Vehicle and Veterans Affairs Administration records also show that Moore aka Crosse applied for and received Disabled Veteran license plates and stickers number DVR60.
Moore’s disability? 100% “service related disability” for PTSD granted in 2009 by the Veterans Administration while Moore was working as a paid FBI undercover informant. The cause of his PTSD? Until recently, Moore claimed his PTSD resulted from the horrors of war while deployed in Afghanistan and elsewhere while serving as a U.S. army Special Forces sniper, where he was wounded in combat. Recently, Moore changed his story. According to Moore in sealed under oath court depositions from July 2016, he contends he was traumatized by “live fire training exercises” while in army basic training in the U.S., which rendered him incapable of working. He now receives $4200 a month from the VA and the Social Security Administration as a result. His wife, Shannon Moore aka Zoe Eva Crosse has received over $200,000 as a “full time home care giver” for Moore under a Veterans Administration program providing an alternative for disabled veterans who would otherwise be institutionalized because of their disabilities.
In November 2013, the same month Joseph Moore was issued a check by the FBI for infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan on their behalf, Shannon Moore received a lump sum check for $23, 996.00 for their 9 year-old son from the Social Security Administration for “Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance” backdated to January 2010–and an additional monthly check of $538.00 since then.
Idaho Division of Veterans Affairs records show Moore’s official military records have all been edited in recent weeks to replace his previous name with his new identity—but still using his old social security number.
The move to Idaho culminated a two-year long FBI “permanent relocation” operation to provide the Moore’s with secret living arrangements at a safe location under new identities designed to ensure their anonymity because of alleged threats against Moore resulting from his covert work as a paid undercover informant for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Seven career federal law enforcement agents interviewed for this story were appalled by the bumbling FBI tradecraft used in the case of Joseph Moore.
“I can tell you if it was legit witsec (Witness Protection Program), this is not how it is done,” said Social Security Administration Special Agent Roger Coursey. “A CI does not walk into open court to apply for a name change and then use his new name to personally apply for new drivers licenses and social security numbers to go into hiding. There is a system to do that. I know about these things,” he said, referring to formal units within the FBI and other government agencies that are tasked with issuing new, government approved identities. “That is why I was red flagged to start with. But the FBI told me they knew all along about what was happening and it was legit. They blessed it and told me to stop investigating as it would interfere in an ongoing criminal investigation.”
The fully furnished two-bedroom, FBI paid for “safe house” in Jacksonville came with two flat screen TV’s, subscription cable, broadband internet services, a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art dishwasher and washer and dryer, bed linens and towels, a swimming pool, an “on site lake with fountain, billiard tables, BBQ and grilling pavilion, outdoor lounge with wood burning fire pit, 24/7 fitness center, car ‘spa’,” and is “pet friendly, ”according to the Corporate Suite Shoppe, the property management company which confirmed to a reporter that Joe Moore has been leasing apartment #422 from them since late March 2015.
The Corporate Suite Shoppe sales representative confirmed Moore had occupied the apartment from March 23 2015 until April 3, 2017—which matched precisely the FBI expense ledger reports of confidential informant Moore. “Oh, yes, Joe Moore was with us for nearly two years. He just left us recently.” She quoted a reporter “$94 a day plus 13% tax or $3292.82 for a 31 day month” for a short term lease of the apartment–the same price paid by the FBI for securing his “temporary housing”. According to classified itemized FBI confidential informant expense ledgers, the FBI was paying $2942.52 for a 31-day month for Moore’s housing—or $93.78 a day after deducting the 13% tax, which the U.S. government is exempt from paying.
The FBI violates its own internal rules on running informants
Career FBI agents who have worked FBI terrorism cases and handled confidential informants agreed that Joseph Moore should never have been contracted as a paid FBI informant in the first place.
For more than two years, Joseph Veryl Moore and his family’s whereabouts have been traceable through open source public records available over the Internet.
Although the Duval County court ordered on January 22, 2017 the ‘family name change’ records of case #2016DR0066453FM “immediately sealed (as well as) all documents related to” the petition, some of those records appeared on the online county clerks public documents site, including the previous and new names of the family, the date the court granted a name change, and the court case number.
Up until late July 2017, the court online records system had the name change for Joseph Veryl Moore, his wife, and their two minor children that the county judge approved in February. In telephone inquiries by a reporter, two assistant court clerks confirmed the case existed and the name changes were granted by a judge and that there was a paper file with a number of other related documents to the name change petition “but when I try and pull it up, the computer says ‘access denied’. I have never seen that before. I am not sure what it means.”
“There are no records of that case number on file and no records of anything filed by a Joseph Veryl Moore,” said another official from Duval County Florida Family Law office on July 18 when asked for copies of what are normally routine public records. When asked what that meant, she replied, “It means the case does not exist.” When told that the documents were appearing on the court online record system, she paused and said that she would have someone get back to the reporter. Soon, a supervisor called and confirmed that the case did in fact exist but “all records pertaining to the case were ordered sealed by the judge on January 25.” Within minutes the details of the birth names and newly acquired legal names of the petitioners were deleted from the court online records system and replaced with the designation “sealed.”
FBI and other federal law enforcement officials say these kinds of mistakes are why no legitimate government approved identity changes are processed through open court or other public records systems.
Hours before FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force special agents from the Jacksonville, Florida FBI field office took Moore and his family from their Alachua County Florida residence in the middle of the night on March 17, 2015, Alachua County Sheriff’s office deputies and investigators from the Florida Department of Children and Family Services converged on their apartment just before midnight. “DCF investigator Moncada advised that Joseph and Sharon Moore were not providing adequate supervision to their two children Joseph Jr. and Hailey. Other allegations included that Joseph Sr. suffered from PTSD, was delusional about being an informant for the FBI and U.S. Marshall’s and was possibly a member of the KKK who have put a bounty on his life,” reads an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office report filed at 6 minutes before midnight on the March 16, 2015. “Sharon’s stepfather, William Seaton, corroborated the above information and added that Joseph and Sharon had made statements that they were leaving the area to go into hiding.”
The FBI contends angry political extremists have a bounty of $250,000 on his head as he waits as the governments chief witness at a domestic terrorism trial scheduled to begin August 7 in Columbia County, Florida Superior Court.
In confidential court sealed testimony, Moore’s FBI case agents, Moore, and his wife all admit they have no evidence of and are unaware of any threats.
In a January 2016 sealed under oath court deposition, Moore’s FBI case agent, SA Lindsey Campbell, testified the more than $100,000 the FBI has paid Moore to be kept in FBI protective custody was “not based upon any specific threat…Nothing specifically at the source, no.”
In June 2016, Joseph Moore’s wife, Shannon Moore, also testified under oath in court sealed depositions for the upcoming murder conspiracy trial of the Ku Klux Klan members arrested.
Q: Do you know why you are in a witness protection program?
A: Yes, to keep me and my family safe.
Q: Okay. But you’re not aware of any specific threat that you’re being kept safe from?
A: The Klan.
Q: Oh. Have they made any threats towards you?
A: Not that I know of.
“I don’t believe that the KKK has a hit out on me. That is just what the FBI told me,” said Moore in series of phone calls he initiated with this reporter using his FBI supplied ‘burner phone’ from his FBI paid for secret safe house. Moore insisted on giving a reporter a code name. “What name would you like me to use when I call you? You pick one,” he said. I chose the name of a childhood dog, Oscar. In a series of subsequent calls Moore would say, “Is this Oscar?” One call lasted 3 hours and 42 minutes, according to my records.
In a confidential court sealed under oath deposition taken in Columbia County, Florida in June 2016, Joseph Moore’s wife was asked “are you yourself aware of any threats made against you” and responded “no,” adding that they had not been permitted by the FBI to visit their families and her two minor children have been forbidden from attending school for more than two years “because we are in protection right now” and “we can’t talk to any outsiders.”
“But you’re not aware of any particular threat on you, correct?” she was asked. “Right.”
Moore’s FBI case agent, FBI special agent Lindsey Campbell, in under oath sealed testimony acknowledged there were no specific threats against Moore. “He had to be relocated to a secure facility. Therefore, he somewhat becomes our responsibility to ensure his safety. That is what it is being paid for,” adding “It’s an executive decision at the FBI…my bosses make the decision that, based on the situation at hand, this person needs to be kept at a secure location.”
In confidential sealed court depositions in the summer of 2016, Moore attempted to convince the court he feared for his life, saying that his FBI JTTF co-case agent ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agent Richard Vaughn had told him there were threats against his life. “I was told by Homeland Security that there was a credible threat against my life,” Moore testified. Anyone who “violated the code that the organization laid out in what was called the blood oath…. (It) says in the document that any disclosing of clan secrets is punishable by death,” Moore testified in the secret testimony.
Q: That’s in a document?
Q: Okay. And so you’re saying that there’s a document that you signed that says that you would be put to death?
Q: So this blood oath that was signed on October 10th, somewhere in there it says something about a penalty of death if you disclose secrets?
Q: Do you know where the rest of these documents would be?
A: They were kept by the Grand Dragon in his file box.
When a 30 man FBI paramilitary swat team executed a court search warrant to raid KKK Grand Dragon Jamie Ward’s single wide trailer in April 2015, Ward came out immediately and lay flat on his stomach after the FBI shot stun and smoke grenades into the home. During their search of the house they found a black briefcase that had the Florida KKK chapters documents and they photographed them page for page.
A reporter later obtained the same contents of the briefcase, including the Klan “Blood Oath” signed by Moore. The ominously sounding “Blood Oath” document with Moore’s signature contains no mention of “death” or “penalty of death,” reading more like an oath of loyalty to the Masonic Lodge.
In October 2015, Rusty Seaton went to the U.S. federal courthouse in Jacksonville to confront Special Agent Richard Vaughn, the FBI JTTF agent who has been Joseph Moore’s primary handler for more than a decade.
Vaughn testified in open court that day in the sentencing hearing of Jamie Vincent Ward, the head of the Florida chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK.
“When Vaughn was leaving the court room, I walked up to him and said ‘Hi. My name is Rusty Seaton,’” said Seaton recalling his first meeting with the government agent who he blames for wreaking havoc on his family ever since his son-in-law began working as a FBI informant 7 years earlier. “‘Fuck you and Joe. You two can go play cowboys and Indians, but I want my daughter and grandbabies back,’” Seaton said he told him. “Vaughn said ‘the reason why Joe was not in court was because of death threats made against him by the TAK,’” said Seaton. “That is bullshit. The reason he isn’t in court is the FBI doesn’t want anybody to know that their main guy is flat-out by God nuts.”
Joseph Moore will appear as a witness for the prosecution Tuesday August 8 and his FBI co-case agents, Joseph Armstrong, Lindsey Campbell, and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Officer Richard Vaughn are expected to take the stand later this week.